Swearingen, Mursau Secure Forest County Law Enforcement Grant

Madison … Representative Rob Swearingen (R–Rhinelander) and Representative Jeff Mursau (R – Crivitz) are pleased to announce the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee voted today to keep state law enforcement funding in place for Forest County. Grant funding assists Forest County law enforcement offset increased costs associated with tribal gaming operations.

“The State needs to provide local law enforcement the resources to handle costs created by the State in the first place,” Swearingen said. “Forest County has two tribes, two casinos and a substantial jail population that cost property tax payers at least $40 per inmate per day,” Swearingen said.

The state funds come from tribal gaming revenues provided to the state from compacts negotiated between the State of Wisconsin and tribal governments. Swearingen and Mursau spoke with Joint Finance Committee members regarding the importance of this funding over the past two months.

“The Attorney General and the Governor asked the legislature to reaffirm the importance of this grant for Forest County,” Swearingen said. “Today, the Joint Finance Committee joined Jeff Mursau and me in recognizing and reaffirming our commitment to a safer Forestry County.”

The Joint Finance Committee is expected to finalize its deliberations soon. The Wisconsin State Legislature expects to finalize all components of the state biennial budget, including the Forest County law enforcement grant, before June 30th.